Army Chief seeks more time,CBI questions Vectra chief

The CBI will have to wait for a few more days as Army Chief Gen V K Singh sought more time to file a detailed complaint in connection with the alleged bribe offer

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 4, 2012 2:46:49 am

The CBI will have to wait for a few more days as Army Chief Gen V K Singh on Tuesday sought more time to file a detailed complaint in connection with the alleged bribe offer from a senior retired officer to clear a consignment of nearly 600 “sub-standard” trucks. Gen Singh,who has named retired Lt Gen Tejinder Singh as the person who allegedly made the offer,in his initial complaint,has been asked by CBI officials to give a detailed complaint about the issue.

The Army Chief told the CBI in his communication that he requires some more days to give a comprehensive complaint to the agency about the incident. The agency said unless the General provides a detailed complaint about the bribe offer,the investigations cannot commence. However,the agency has started a verification of other aspects into his earlier statement. These also include seeking the transcript of his media interview. Gen Singh in his media interviews claimed that an equipment lobbyist had offered him a bribe of Rs 14 crore to clear the tranche of sub-standard trucks. He claimed that the matter was reported to Defence Minister A K Antony. The ministry had then recommended a CBI probe into the allegation.

Meanwhile,the CBI continued the questioning of Vectra chief Ravinder Rishi for the fourth time in connection with alleged irregularities in the Tatra truck supply to the Army. Rishi has been asked to produce all documents related the Tatra Sipox UK agreement with the BEML which was inked in 1997. Officials claimed that they are examining a large number of documents which have been found during CBI searches and those provided by Rishi himself.

The agency has also asked Rishi to seek the documents from his UK offices and provide the same. It is probing the Tatra-BEML deal from 1997 as it was in this year that Tatra Sipox UK signed the truck supply deal with BEML which was in alleged violation of defence procurement rules which say that procurement should be done directly from original equipment manufacturer (OEM) only.

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